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  • From: "Sincaglia, Nicolas" <nsincaglia AT>
  • To: "Discussion on the Creative Commons license drafts" <cc-licenses AT>
  • Subject: Re: [cc-licenses] CC and performing right orgs (ASCAP, SESAC, BMI)
  • Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 10:16:49 -0400

According to the Creative Commons FAQ, it will not confuse the

I am in a band; can I use Creative Commons licenses but still collect
statutory royalties such as under statutory licenses for public

Yes, so long as you choose a "NonCommercial" license option (ie.
Attribution-NonCommercial, Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike or
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives) because under these licenses
you reserve the right to collect royalties under statutory or compulsory
licenses for commercial use of your work. Whether, as a practical
matter, you can collect these royalties, depends on which country you
are in (check out the answer to the next question).

Under the Creative Commons licenses that permit other people to make
commercial use of your work (ie. Attribution, Attribution-ShareAlike,
Attribution-NoDerivatives), the licensor waives the right to collect
these royalties.

-----Original Message-----
From: cc-licenses-bounces AT
[mailto:cc-licenses-bounces AT] On Behalf Of Paul
Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2006 12:28 PM
To: cc-licenses AT
Subject: [cc-licenses] CC and performing right orgs (ASCAP, SESAC, BMI)

I'm sure this question comes up regularly, but I just joined the
list, and haven't seen it discussed.

I'm a musician. I put my music up online under a CC license because
the solution to IP issues is to make music freely available for non-
commercial use.

My question is, if I register my songs with ASCAP will this confuse
the issue? My thinking is that, since ASCAP collects royalties for
commercial use, and my CC license is for non-commercial use, that
I'm covered.

Any comments?


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